New SMU coach Larry Brown did some looking back at his two-plus-year tenure with the Charlotte Bobcats on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday. And it wasn’t pretty.
He talked about getting fired by friend and fellow North Carolina guy, Michael Jordan, who Brown admitted that he worshiped. The coach also suggested that Jordan surrounds himself with yes-men who hinder the franchise’s ability to make correct personnel decisions.
The following were some quotes from Brown about Jordan and the Bobcats’ operation. Thanks to the Charlotte Observer. Click on the link below for further on the interview.
“He’s around people who don’t have a clue.”
“He had people around me that made me sick.”
“It was almost like they were spies wondering what we were doing and getting back to him.”
Brown did say on the radio show that he believed Jordan to be a smart basketball man who had an eye for talent, though he condemned those that have been advising him. Brown was fired by Charlotte in December of 2010, when the Bobcats had gotten off to a 9-19 start. He had guided them to 44 wins and their lone playoff appearance in 2009-10.
Brown was recently hired by the Mustangs to replace Matt Doherty. The Bobcats (7-57) have lost 21 straight games and are in danger of finishing with the worst winning percentage in NBA history with two games remaining in their season.
We’re not shocked to hear that Jordan – who, as an NBA owner and executive, is known as a good golfer – doesn’t have it together in Charlotte, nor are we surprised that Brown left one of his many coaching posts on a sour note.